You’ll notice a slight culinary theme to most of the topics, hence the title of this post, เรื่องกินเรื่องใหญ่ rêuang gin rêuang yài meaning, basically, The issue of eating is a big issue. You might also wonder why they included a story about bananas, but if you take a look at this website you’ll realize the importance of this particular fruit in Thai culture.
As we read through the texts, my teacher asked me questions and we chatted about the various issues that came up. After she asked me what was the first thing I thought of when I thought of bananas and I said studying Thai, we talked about the seemingly over importance that Thais place on food in general conversation.
I mentioned that I used to find it strange when eating a very common dish and being asked the inevitable question อร่อยไหม aroi maai. I explained that back home if I was eating, say a cheese sandwich or a packet of crisps, it would be unlikely that a friend would ask. She, of course, found this unusual but amusing, and this is when I got the title for this post.
So a tip for today, if you find yourself eating, say a banana, and youre getting frustrated with all the questions, you can say, ก็เป็นกล้วย well, its (just) a banana.